Girarde is the name of a special terroir in the form of an amphitheatre that is planted in terraces because of its very steep slope (40 to 50%). The soil consists of a layer of clayey limestone over a well-structured silty moraine base. Nights here are cool and days warm – the ideal micro-climate. After giving us a rosé in its early years (planted in 1988), then as part of Colombe Noire, we were drawn to the idea of setting aside this vine plot which is showing increasing character. A three-sided adventure – the people, the place and a pure juice of minerality.
Harvest on 7th September 2020
The 2020 vintage began with a very favourable spring. It was in the middle of the flowering period that cold and wet weather caused an unusual number of flowers and berries to drop off.
Then the weather was good and there was water at the right times.
As a result, the harvest started very early, on 7 September. Small grapes with a high concentration give birth to intense aromas and a mouth with a preserved vivacity.
When nature does things well, everything is easier.
Bottling was delayed to ensure careful maturation in line with the maturity of the different terroirs.